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My morning routine was interrupted with this unwelcome message from Google: “Google Reader will not be available after July 1, 2013.”
The “Learn more” leads to a Google Official Blog post, A Second Round of Spring Cleaning, in which this poison pill is buried among others. That post includes links to response articles, all negative. An article in The Age laments this as sounding the demise of RSS.
Google Reader and RSS are things that seem beloved by a few, unknown to many. For me, this is the only way I follow blogs. I have not decided which of twitter and facebook I find more detestable, both are unstructured deluges that exasperate my hyper-orderly nature. I recently was on the road for two weeks, did not open Reader once, then when back, opened it up exactly as the day I left and systemically worked through my folders and feeds. That is inconceivable with twitter and facebook.
Doesn’t Google have any travel hackers that can save this? Or turn it open source? Incidentally, Google’s internal travel system, from what I hear from an employee, is a quite elaborate bidding and costing process that would give travel hackers no end of enjoyment at figuring out how to game.
A number of articles have recommended alternatives, and there is also a MilePoint thread. My quick run through options such as FeedDemon, Taptu, Fever and more all seem poorly suited to replace Reader. Feedly comes up a lot but is overwhelmed today and I cannot get it going. I want my feeds without bells and whistles like magazine layout or ‘taking my temperature,’ and I want to open them in a browser tab across multiple platforms, not a standalone software. Finally, sin of all sins these days, I want to open them in a computer with a big-ass monitor, not a tiny portable device.
Readers, any suggestions? How will you follow blogs in the future? Hopefully you will follow blogs!